Martin Fraisl: I treat every training session like a final

Goalkeeper Martin Fraisl’s record as a Schalke player couldn’t read any better. In his three games between the sticks, S04 have won 2-0 in Rostock, beaten Ingolstadt 3-0 at home and recorded a 1-0 victory in Hannover. The Austrian has therefore won three games from three and is yet to concede a single goal! He is hoping that this great run can be continued in Saturday’s home game against Dynamo Dresden (23/10).

Martin Fraisl

The 28-year-old stressed his excitement for the game against Dynamo in front of a big crowd in Gelsenkirchen. “We know that the stadium will be full. Lots of us, including myself, will be playing in the VELTINS-Arena for the first time with it really rocking,” said Martin Fraisl. For the first time in more than 18 months, Schalke are able to have an almost full ground for the Dresden game.

The ground will be full, it’ll be rocking.

Martin Fraisl

The big crowd has been on the players’ minds over the last few days, revealed S04’s number 30. “We were already talking about the Dresden game on the way back from Hannover. Dominick Drexler was set next to me on the bus with a big wound from the match.” Instead of complaining about his injury, the midfielder apparently only spoke about the clash with Dynamo. Fraisl added: “At that moment I properly realised how full the ground will be and that it’ll be rocking. We’re preparing ourselves for that – we can’t wait for this game.”

Two previous games against Dresden

The Austrian has played SGD twice before in his career, drawing once and losing the other match. “Now it’s time for a win,” demanded the summer signing, who joined the club after spending the second half of last season at ADO Den Haag having left SV Sandhausen last winter.

Every footballer wants to be on the pitch playing.

Martin Fraisl

Fraisl’s preparations for the game against last season’s third-division champions will be the same as for any other match. “I treat every training session like a final, i.e. I give my all each time. I train at a full intensity and with lots of passion,” explained Fraisl. “Every footballer wants to be on the pitch playing.”

He also revealed that he has a good relationship with fellow goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann. “He’s a really cool guy and massively important to us. He brings good vibes to the dressing room, is a top bloke and I really like him. I’m happy to be working alongside him every day,” reported Fraisl. This relationship is not said to have suffered despite Fraisl taking Ralle’s place in the side. Ultimately, all the squad members have the same goal, which is for FC Schalke 04 to have a successful season.


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